Saturday, June 14, 2014

Metro again sponsors twinks area at Gay Festival this weekend.

The Metro Human Relations Commission will again be sponsoring the Youth Pavilion this year at Nashville's Gay Pride Festival. Metro's Youth Pavilion is described as "a space for youth to hang out at the annual Pride Festival."

(For the naïve, this is a female impersonator performing at last years festival.)

If you think it is wrong for Metro Nashville to be using your tax dollars to sponsor a Youth Pavilion at the Gay Pride Festival and thus normalizing perversion among young people, then blame your Councilman. Metro Council members have had numerous opportunities to stop this promotion of decadence and perversion, but have not done so.  Instead of protecting young people who may be confused about their sexuality, we are throwing them to the wolves.

When members appointed by the Mayor to the Human Relations Commission came before the Council for confirmation, not a single Council Member questioned them as to whether or not they supported Metro's sponsorship of the Youth Pavilion.  All members appointed to the Human Relations Commission were approved without any dissenting  votes.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

School Board meeting of 6/10/14: Pinkston's fight against School choice stalls. Pinkston loses ground in other fights.

Here is the School board meeting video of 6/10/2014. It is almost four hours long and I have not watched it and don't believe I will have an opportunity to watch it and report on it. If I do, look for updates. If someone else watches it and finds anything interesting please leave a comment and a time stamp notation.

The School Board produces great agenda's with all the same handout that members of the Board get. To get your own copy of the 140-page agenda, follow this link.

Here are news reports of the meeting:

Pinkston’s No Good, Awful, Very Bad School Board Meeting  

 The Nashville Scene, byAndrea Zelinski on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 - After having long driven the agenda of the Metro Nashville School Board, Will Pinkston’s priorities hit turbulence at last night’s board meeting. 
Not only did his effort to delay approval of new zoning lines in the Hillsboro cluster fail, but the board picked apart his plan for public engagement and he found out the financial model he was counting on using to evaluate charter school applications would be useless this year.(link)

School board emails to Register vary wildly

The Tennessean, by Joey Garrison, June 11, 2014 - For every email JoAnn Brannon and Sharon Gentry sent Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register in recent months, their school board colleague Will Pinkston sent more than 100 to the superintendent.

Contact via email between members of the Metro Nashville Board of Education and Register varies wildly, according to a board breakdown provided to The Tennessean by the district upon request.
Register came to last week’s Governance Committee school board meeting prepared with this list in hand. After he received criticism from Pinkston about his administration’s response to constituent complaints and questions, the superintendent provided media with a count of Pinkston’s email tally. (link)

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Caffeinated Conservatives June Meeting - Common Core Edition

From Stephen Clements, the original Caffeinated Conservative:

Hi everybody,
Saturday June 21st from Noon - 2 PM at Bagelface Bakery (700 Main Street in East
Nashville), come talk with David Mansouri, Executive Vice President of SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education), a non-profit education think tank founded by former Senator Bill Frist, and a member of the Board of Directors of Nashville Classical Charter School. I asked him to come tell us why Common Core is a great idea, so bring your questions about education and Common Core, a friend, and your appetite for great bagels and coffee!

Stephen Clements

Caffeinated Conservatives

Check out the SCORE website for more information on this advocacy group:
The Davidson County Republican Party Annual Picnic is June 14th, so get your tickets here!
Our friends at the Nashville TEA Party have Senator Ted Cruz's dad, Rafael Cruz, coming to deliver a barn-burner of a speach! It's free to attend, but I plan on buying one of the VIP seats. See you there on July 19th!

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Southeast Nashville Conservative Breakfast, Saturday, June 21, 2014

Where: Shoney's (Antioch),  Bell Road @ Cane Ridge Road, I-24E Bell Road Exit
When: Saturday, June 21, 2014, Breakfast/Social (8:30 am - 9:00 am), Meeting (9:00 am - 10:00 am)
Guest Speaker(s): U.S. House Candidates: Chris Carter, Bob Ries, "Big" John Smith
 U.S. Senate Candidates:  Lamar Alexander*, Joe Carr* 
*Due to scheduling conflicts, both Senator Alexander and State Representative Joe Carr have advised they will be represented by key campaign members.
Remember:  Early Voting begins  July 18!

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Joe Carr interviewed on Laura Ingram, gets ink in Washington Times, and more.

Since the Eric Cantor loss, more attention has been focused by the national media, especially the conservative media, on other races where tea party challengers are challenging more establishment Republicans, including Joe Carr's challenge to Lamar Alexander here in Tennessee. I am still convinced that it would take a miracle for Joe Carr to beat Lamar and believe the more people learn about Carr the less likely they would be to vote for him, still his campaign is benefiting from the turn of events in Virginia. Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham interviewed Joe Carr today for 17 minutes. Follow this link to listen to the audio.  Does Joe Carr have what it takes to oust Lamar Alexander? - June 13, 2014.

Yesterday, writing in the Washington Times, Judson Phillips continues to push the Carr candidacy writing:

And many people are now asking, “Who is the next Dave Brat?”
His name is Joe Carr, and he’s taking on Lamar Alexander, the liberal Republican senator from Tennessee. (link)
Joe Carr is also interviewed today on the JD Hayworth NewsMaxTV America's Forum internet program and you can find the video here.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Council Meeting of 6/10/2014: The AMP put in the capital improvements budget meeting. How they voted.

It is almost unbelievable that the AMP was left out of the Capital Improvements budget and had to be amended in, but it was. Apparently it was a simple mistake and had been in the Capital Improvement Budget for the last six years, one senior Council member told me. The Capital Improvements Budget does not spend any money, but if a project is not already in the Capital Improvements Budget when it passes the Council, then to add it to the CIB later requires a two-thirds vote to amend it in and the move to amend in a project must be initiated by the Mayor, therefore it is very important to the Mayor or a councilman who wants a project funded to get it in the CIB.

The discussion of the CIB starts at time stamp 12:51 and the discussion of the AMP amendment starts at 16:49 and continues until the end of the meeting. Councilman Tim Garrett successfully sponsors an amendment to the amendment that adds the AMP funding back to the CIB, that removes the term "east-west connector" from that amendment. This means the $54 million being added back into the CIB could be used elsewhere for either another AMP-like project or for Bus Rapid Transit. However, as a practical matter, any other route could not advance fast enough to start construction this coming fiscal year, so if another route was chosen, the project could be included in next year's CIB. There is also other money in the CIB for Bus Rapid Transit. This amendment taking out the reference to and east-west connector no doubt made it easier for some council members to support the amendment but the amendment as amended is clearly for the AMP project.

Charlie Tygard makes the point that to have a successful mass transit system, you need a dedicated source of funding and until we have that we are not serious about mass transit and should not be spending money on individual projects. We should not be chasing federal dollars, he says.

A roll call vote is taken on the amendment that would restore the AMP project to the capital improvements budget and it passes 25 yes, 8 no, and 6 not voting. There was then a roll call vote on the CIB as amended and that vote was 29 yes, 4 no,  and six not voting.  Those who voted "no" on the final vote were in effect voting against all capital improvement projects.  I do not recall a time when the final CIB got any "no" votes before.  Those who voted "no" on the complete CIB were Standly, Blalock, Dominy, and Duvall. I don't know if those who were listed as not voting just chose to not vote or if they were absent.

Below are the Council members who voted "no" on the amendment to restore the AMP funding to the Capital Improvements Budget.

Charlie Tygard
Josh Stites
Burce Standly
Phil Claiborne

Davette Blalock
Duane Dominy

Robert Duvall

Carter Todd

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(final update) Council meeting of 6/3/14: The budget hearing, charter admenments, honky tonk protection, and gay rights meeting.

At almost five hours long, this has got to be one of the longest Council meetings on record. Or, at least the longest in a very long time. When I served on the Council in the 80's we used to have some long meetings but in recent years they have gotten shorter and shorter. Some contentious zoning issues, proposed charter amendments, the budget hearings and metro benefits for same-sex couples make for a crowded agenda. While many council meetings are boring, this one is not. This is one of the most interesting council meetings I have observed in years.

To get your own copy of the analysis and agenda, follow this link. Here is a summary of the meeting.

  • Same sex benefits for metro employees passed on second reading 26-5 with 3 abstentions. Councilman Josh Stites publicly spoke against it. God Bless Josh Stites.
  • No one spoke against the Mayor's $1.9 billion budget but some wanted more spending for their favorite interest or department and the budget passed on second reading. No one speaks for more government efficiency or points out waste except in years when taxes are to be raised; proponents of more spending are constant advocates.
  • All proposed charter amendments were rejected. That is a surprise to me.  Some had passed the Charter Revision Commission. I thought something would get passed.
Here is a play-by-play of highlights of the meeting with time stamp notation:

Public hearings on the operating budget starts at time stamp 13:42 and ends at 35:18. There is no point in watching it, it is pretty boring. Everyone who speaks, speaks in favor. There is no opposition.   Policemen want more money, a 3% pay raise. Bruce Wood of BURNT laments pockets of poverty and what he sees as misplaced priorities. Advocates of free bus passes speak as well as advocates of shuttle bus service and other advocates of mass transit. Advocates of improved fire service speak. The budget is approved and referred back to the Budget Committee.

Public hearing on the Capital Improvements budgets: The Capital Improvements Budget is not really a budget but a planning document that prioritizes what will be built if money is available to build it. It is an important document but does not actually appropriate any money. Rick Williams who heads the anti-AMP group speaks in opposition to an item in the document to fund the AMP on West End. He makes the point that to make the improvements on West End would require State legislative approval. See his remarks at time stamp 37:09.

BILL NO. BL2014-747 defines “communication huts” which is a step necessary for Goggle's proposed new network to move forward. It passes with no one from the public speaking pro or con.

BILL NO. BL2014-769 which would allow smaller secondary houses on lots with an owner occupied house generates some comments. I think this as a good bill. (see time stamp 1:22:45)

BILL NO. BL2014-770 would allow two houses to be constructed on a lot without the little
A tall skinny Nashville duplex
connecting portion now required. I like that portion of the bill. However, another portion of the bill is designed to prohibit the two tall skinny building on a single lot. Several people explain how under certain circumstances this could present a hardship, such as when grade of the lot is lower in the front than in the back of the lot. Also, some other problems are presented.  I would think that the Board of  Zoning appeal could makes some height variances in hardship cases but don't know that. Councilman Bedne tried to ask that question but was ruled out of order. The bill is passed on second reading but made amendable on third. (See 1:26:22- 1:37:17)

BILL NO. BL2014-771 would allow the council to create a “contextual overlay district” in a neighborhood. This is in response to the trend of developers buying small existing houses and tearing them down and building much larger houses that are out of scale to the existing neighborhoods. This COD designation would impose size limitations on replacing of an existing single family home with a larger home. I initially thought this was a positive development, but after hearing from the public, I am persuaded that the bill needs to be withdrawn or deferred and rewritten. I do not like to see modest homes torn down to build McMansions, but that is a matter of taste and aesthetics.

The market is responding to demand and I am not sure that we should impose these restrictions on redevelopment. Nashville is growing. If we are going to discourage urban sprawl and grow the tax base, we should not prohibit the market from responding to demand. If developers cannot tear down a one-bath, two- bedroom house build in the 50’s and build the kind of housing people want, such as a three-bedroom, two-bath home, then the kind of homes people want will be build in surrounding counties. We need to let the market dictate the size and type of homes and Nashville needs the increased tax base if we are to provide the services the city needs without raising taxes. It should be pointed out that these restrictions would not automatically apply to any area but this designation would have to be applied to the area by the Council. To see the discussion of this bill, see time stamp 1:37:18-2:22:26. This bill is deferred two meetings.

BILL NO. BL2014-776  would create the Music City Cultural Heritage Overlay District which
Lower Broad
would apply to property on Broadway, Second Avenue North, and Printer’s Alley. It would require any new businesses in those areas to offer live music or "contribute to the cultural fabric of the district," which means they must sell cowboy boots or hats or tea shirts or tacky music city souvenirs. This bill is in response to Walgreen's interest in opening a drug store on Broadway. Nashville is a unique place, you cannot find what you find anywhere else what you can find in Nashville and we need to preserve it say several speakers. Over 12 million visitors visited Nashville last year and they were not looking for what they could find in any other city.

I do not think a Wallgreens on lower Broadway would destroy it. Tourist attending live outdoor music downtown may need a Tylenol or sun glasses or sun screen or a lawn chair or bottled water.  However, I do want to see lower Broad remain primarily a strip of honky tonks, but an occasional something else added to the mix might enhance the area not distract from it. The Merchants Hotel restaurant does not have live entertainment, so under this bill, it they were not already there, they would not be allowed open. Sometimes, tourist visiting Nashville may want to eat a good meal in a relaxed environment and take a break from live music. On Second Ave especially, I think this is just too restrictive. Candy shops, sports memorabilia stores, ice cream shops and art galleries may enhance the mix and the tourist experience. I support the basic intent of this bill but think it needs more thought. Not every music venue that opens downtown makes it. Some fail. While I think we should try to guide development in this area to protect what has made it popular, I don't think we can micromanage development. Some of the advocates of the bill and the sponsor admit that the bill needs more work. The bill is passed on second reading, made amendable on third and deferred to the July 3rd meeting. (see 2:29:46- 3:09:38)

RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1052, RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1087, and RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1088  are all proposed Charter amendments and they are lumped together for discussion. One proposed amendment would prohibit Metro Council members from serving any other elective office while serving in the Metro Council, another would reduce the size of the Council to 27 members, one would increase the number of terms a council member could serve to three, and one would prohibit Metro Government from asking a potential employee about his criminal record and one would remove protections for the Fair Grounds.  (If you are following along on the Council staff analysis, see page 9.) The amendments are taken one at a time regardless of which resolution they are a part of.  There is some very good discussion.

Council member Megan Barry makes a good argument why one should not be permitted to be a council member and a member of the State legislature. However, she makes the common liberal comparison that the relationship of city to state is the same as that of state to federal government, which of course is incorrect. States have sovereignty; cities do not. Cities only exist at the will of the state. That proposed amendment fails 10 to 22.

There is a good discussion about term limits and the size of the Council. I think term limits were a mistake. Having council members who have served a long time gives them some power to balance the power of the bureaucracy which serves the interest of the Mayor. We have a very strong Mayor form of government and Council term limits makes the Mayor even stronger. However, all attempts to repeal term limits have failed. The size of the Council is discussed with Emily Evans arguing for the smaller council and Ronnie Stein, Tim Garrett and others arguing against it. The argument in favor of the large council is that less wealthy people can serve in the Council because with smaller districts is does not take as much money to run and that with smaller districts council members are more available to their constituents. While I think those are valid arguments, I think the downside of a large Council is that it makes the Council less powerful and concentrates more power in the hands of the Mayor. The bill to reduce the size of the Council fails 10 for, 24 against.

Council members Robert Duvall and Duane Dominy speak against the bill that would weaken the fair grounds protections and that amendment fails 12 in favor and 20 against.

Council members Gilmore's proposed amendment that would prohibit metro from asking about a job applicant's criminal history fails 23 for and 11 against.

The argument in favor of the other proposed amendment which would increase the number of terms a councilman could serve from two terms to three terms is made by Charlie Tygard. It fails 23 for and 12 against. All proposed amendments fail and the three resolutions containing the amendments are withdrawn. For the discussion of the proposed amendments see time stamp 3:15:12 - 3:57:32.

RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-984  requests the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly to introduce and support the necessary legislation to provide a dedicated funding source for local mass transit. At the request of the sponsor it is deferred indefinitely.

BILL NO. BL2014-698 attempts to curtail the litter caused by those free Tennessean newspapers that litter the neighborhoods. Due to First Amendment protection, the press has a greater right to litter than other people so this bill can't do a lot but it is an attempt. In response to this effort the Tennessean agreed to adopt some policies to police itself and the sponsor request passing it on second reading and then an indefinite deferral. There is some good discussion of this bill and opposition to passing it on Second reading. There is allegation and concern that the sponsor tried to use this bill to force the Tennessean to write an article on the issue. The bill fails to pass on a machine vote of 10 for and 21 against. (see time stamp 4:03:3- 4:15:09)

BILL NO. BL2014-775 establishing the tax levy. It is deferred and rerefered to the Budget and Finance Committee of the Council.
BILL NO. BL2014-779  is the metro benefits for same-sex couples bill.  Council member
Josh Stites
Megan Barry recites a long list of cities and fortune 500 companies that offer this benefit. Councilman Phil Clairborne takes to the floor to argue against it, primarily siting the cost and how it may cause homosexual couples to move to Nashville and seek government employment to gain this benefit. Because of this we cannot know the cost of this change. Congratulations to Councilman Josh Stites who makes a principled argument against it citing his faith as the reason for opposing it. Scott Davis speaks passionately in favor of it getting a round of applause. Several others speak in favor and it passes by a vote of 26 for, 6 against, 3 recorded abstentions and 5 not voting. Those to be commended for voting against this bill are Pridemore, Pardue, Glover, Stites, Clairborne, and Dominy.  The abstention are Bennett, Blalock and Dowel. I am terrible disappointed in some councilmembers who voted for this, abstained, or did not vote. I will have more to say about this in another post. (
See time stamp 4:17:15-4:34:39)

For news reports on last nights meeting follow this link , this link , this link, and this link.

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Dave Brat who beat Eric Cantor is no Joe Carr

In a recent post addressing Dave Brat's win over Eric Cantor I said that, "We have a means to compare Eric Cantor to Lamar Alexander but we have no means to compare the challenger of each. Maybe Cantor's challenger, Dave Brat, was a sensible and accomplished and capable tea party candidate, instead of a nutty fringe and incompetent candidate like Joe Carr."

Well, we do know something about Dave Brat.  He is an intellectual while Joe Car is, well..., Joe Carr. While Cantor and Alexander  are both mainstream Republicans with Cantor being slightly more conservative than Alexander, we now know Cantor's challenger was a smart, educated guy.  He is not someone you be embarrassed having represent you. Below is an excerpt from a National Review piece:

He chairs the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College and heads its BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism program. The funding for the program came from John Allison, the former CEO of BB&T (a financial-services company) who now heads the Cato Institute. The two share an affinity for Ayn Rand: Allison is a major supporter of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Brat co-authored a paper titled “An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand.” Brat says that while he isn’t a Randian, he has been influenced by Atlas Shrugged and appreciates Rand’s case for human freedom and free markets.

His academic background isn’t all economics, though. Brat got a business degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., then went to Princeton seminary. Before deciding to focus on economics, he wanted to be a professor of systematic theology and cites John Calvin, Karl Barth, and Reinhold Niebuhr as influences. (read more)

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Brian L. Mason host Kickoff Cookout June 26th

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Joe Carr was on Hannity

Joe Carr didn't sleep though his chance to be on Hannity and was actually on it yesterday. He shared the segment with Chris McDaniel of Mississippi who is challenging Thad Cockran for the Senate nomination in Mississippi. The theme of the segment was that following Dave Brat’s upset defeat of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Tuesday’s GOP primary in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, maybe other tea party favored candidates had a chance. Follow this link to read an article and see the video.

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Liberty on the Rocks, Thursday, June 19

It is tonight!
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 5:30 PM to Mafiaoza's, 2400 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN (map). 
Ask the hostess to direct you to our section.

No pledge, no prayer, no program, just a time for people of a conservatives to an anarcho Capitalist point of view to get together and engage in thoughtful and rational discussion on a wide range of topics.  Liberty on the Rocks is a great place to meet other people, have a beer and some great food. There is a great selection of draft beers 2-for-1 during Happy Hour.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eric Cantor lost! The tea party is not dead. Is Lamar Alexander vulnerable after all?

Wow! I didn't see it coming. The tea party favored candidates were losing to more establishment Republicans in primaries everywhere. Mitch McConnell won handily in Kentucky beating Matt Bevin by 25 points. In Georgia, tea party favored candidate Karen Handel did not make it into the run-off. In Oregon, Monica Wehby took 51 percent of the vote to defeat tea party favored candidate Rep. Jason Conger. In Idaho, GOP Rep. Mike Simpson easily defeated primary challenger Bryan Smith who was backed by The Club for Growth and other tea party PAC's. In Mississippi, Thad Cochran was barely beat by tea party favorite State Senator Chris McDaniel but the two will face a rematch in  a June 24 run off. In most races the establishment won.

Then last night, in Virginia U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to tea party challenger Dave Brat. Cantor did not barely lose, he lost substantially 44 to 56% of the vote,  and he had outspend his challenger considerably. This race was not even on the radar of races to watch. This was a stunning upset.  Pundits are saying the thing that beat him was his position on immigration reform and the news in recent days of the thousands of illegal immigrant children flowing across the southern border.

What does this mean for other tea party candidates like Joe Carr who is challenging Lamar Alexander? Cantor is hardly a liberal. He gets an "A" from the American Tax Payers Union, a respectable 80 from American's for Prosperity; a 61% from Heritage Action which is kind of low, but he gets an American Conservative rating of 95%.  That is hardly a liberal voting record. Heritage Action gives Lamar a 46, American's for Prosperity gives him a 69, and American Conservative Union a 68. By most measures, Lamar Alexander is less conservative than Eric Cantor.

We have a means to compare Eric Cantor to Lamar Alexander but we have no means to compare the challenger of each. Maybe Cantor's challenger, Dave Brat, was a sensible and accomplished and capable tea party candidate, instead of a nutty fringe and incompetent candidate like Joe Carr. I have always thought Alexander could be venerable if challenged by someone like Ron Ramsey or Senator Mark Green. I don't know the quality of the challenger to Cantor, but I know Joe Carr is not a quality candidate. In any event, the Carr campaign must be feeling energized this morning and the Alexander camp must be concerned that perhaps victory is not assured after all.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

President Obama's War on Coal, by Phil Roe, Congressman 1st District TN

Phil Roe
On Monday, the Obama administration unveiled a controversial plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30% by 2030. This climate change agenda is so misguided and unpopular with the American people that the president couldn’t even get it passed through a Democrat-led House and Senate back in 2009. Now, despite the fact his Administration believed then it needed the explicit authority of Congress to act but failed to get it, they are planning to move ahead with their war on coal – something that will surely hit consumers in the pocketbook and hurt job creation.

We know that this administration has little concern about the cost of energy rising for consumers. While campaigning in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama said, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Coal-powered plants…natural gas, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.” I think at a time when many Americans are still struggling to find work, it is outrageous to think we would require them to pay more to heat their homes or run their businesses.

The rule would require states to determine how to meet targets set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and submit a plan to the administration by 2017. There is no doubt the targets will have a devastating impact on the coal industry, will cost jobs and will drive up energy costs for consumers. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce study projected that a similar plan would result in 224,000 fewer jobs each year and an annual cost of about $51 billion. It’s no secret that these costs will be passed along to families in the form of higher costs and lost work opportunities.

Coal accounts for 37 percent of U.S. electricity production, despite the administration’s efforts to destroy this industry. It’s clear that we will need coal for the foreseeable future, but this proposal will make one of our least expensive and most reliable sources of energy more costly for families while killing hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Even if the United States cuts our carbon emissions, other nations aren’t guaranteed to do the same. The president hopes others will follow our lead, but I can’t see any world leader that would be willing to put themselves at a competitive disadvantage, particularly when energy demands are increasing in the developing world. Other countries see the value of coal—while we’re closing our power plants down, they are building new ones.

President Obama needs to understand that changing his strategy on Cap-and-Tax does not change the ugly truth: this is a job-killer that will greatly harm the economy. It will put the United States at a disadvantage on the world stage, and completely remove any hope of becoming energy independent.
I’ve said it time and time again: we must pursue a true all-of-the-above energy plan that includes oil, natural gas, and coal. That means exploring for oil and gas in Alaska, on the Outer Continental Shelf and in Western shale formations. We should encourage the development of technologies that allow us to use our vast supply of coal in a more environmentally-responsible manner. And we should continue to develop our massive natural gas reserves. At the same time, we must develop and deploy alternative energy sources and technologies including wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy. Reliable, emission-free nuclear power must also be part of the equation, and we should work to dispose of waste through a central disposal site or by reprocessing.

Affordable energy is essential for economic growth and the wellbeing of American families, but unfortunately, it seems that President Obama and members of his administration just don’t get it. Please rest assured that I will continue to adamantly oppose this proposal and will take every opportunity I have to rein in Obama’s out-of-control EPA.

My Comment: I agree with the above essay by Congressman Roe. We must pursue an "all of the above" energy policy. Unfortunately many of the environmentalist who oppose coal also oppose the alternatives such as natural gas obtained by fracking and nuclear power. They have no  plan except the pipe dream of "renewables." While wind and solar may play a roll, we cannot produce the energy we need from these sources. I am also disappointed that any policy that looks at curtailing carbon emissions does not have a cost-benefit analysis requirement. With CO2 increasing, what is the benefit of reducing the CO2 output of any one particular source that would simply slow that rate of increase. Is the loss of  loss of jobs and increased cost of energy worth that particular amount of reduced CO2?  There should be some logic to the decision making process. I am also very concerned about President Obama's continued abuse of authority and bypassing Congress, whether it is following the Affordable Care Act law, immigration law, swapping five high lever terrorist for a probably American traitor in violation of the requirement to inform Congress, or arbitrarily imposing CO2 limits. Obama is very close to crossing the line into dictatorship, if it has not already been crossed.

Obama was asked to do what he is doing my our own Metro Council. To see the action our Metro Council unanimously  took to urge Obama's current course of action follow this link: Do you like the new EPA regs that will raise your electric bill and cost jobs? If so, thank your councilman.

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Monday, June 09, 2014

What's on the Council Agenda for June 10th

The Metro Council is meeting in a special session this June 10th. The only thing on the agenda are bills on third reading and only the non controversial ones, mostly zoning bills.  The Capital Improvements budget is on the agenda. I am not sure what necessitates this special meeting but I think it may be that the Capital Improvements Budget has to pass before the Council can approve the operating budget, but it could be something else.  There is not yet a staff analysis. To get your copy of the agenda, follow this link.

Below are the important bills on the agenda.
BILL NO. BL2014-747 is the Google communications hut bill. It has overwhelming support and is not controversial, but it is a big deal.
BILL NO. BL2014-788 is the capital improvements budget. I believe this is amendable on third reading. To see staff analysis listing of what is in the capital improvements budget for funding this year, follow this link. The analysis organizes projects by district, so Councilmen and interested citizens can see what projects there district is likely to get. For anyone who is real interested, on the first page of that analysis is link to the full capital improvements budget. The Capital Improvements Budget is a planning document. To fund a capital improvement, the project has to be in the CIB. That however, does not guarantee it will be funded. If it is to be funded out of the 4% fund or by GO bonds or revenue bonds, the project still has to come back to the Council to be approved. A portion of the operating budget funds debt service. If the Council makes less money available for debt service, then fewer projects get funded; more for debt service means more projects get funded. Projects are also ranked. Those ranked high have a good chance of being funded, those ranked low, may get funded someday. Some projects are on the CIB for years before they are funded and some on the CIB never get funded and sometimes projects are taken off the list.

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Please come and meet our Republican Judicial Candidates, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5:30 -7:30

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Please come and meet our  Republican Judicial Candidates

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5:30 -7:30
Please come shop, network and enjoy refreshments.Patriotic Silent Auction
Special Guests: 
Senators Steve Dickerson & Jack Johnson

And more…
Donation $20.00
Make checks payable:  MTRW, PO Box 158365, Nashville TN 37215

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

10 Legislative primaries to watch in August by Chas Sisk

Tennessean reporter Chas Sisk has written a good piece in today's Tennessean10 primaries to watch.

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